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September Climate News 

"When this rain fall
it don't fall on one man's housetop." 
-Bob Marley

With wildfire and hurricanes as bookends, this summer has been a firm reminder that climate change is no longer a hypothetical future scenario. If there remained any doubt, the latest report out of the IPCC made it abundantly clear that the time for action is now. Take a minute to read this personal essay, reflecting on this summer and climate action and read on below for some suggestions about things you can do!

We Need You to Take the Energy Questionnaire! 
Please take two minutes and fill out this questionnaire to help town energy committees better understand what our community needs to make the transition to clean energy! Your time providing answers means a lot to these committees working hard to help the Island develop energy resilience. (The questionnaire is housed on the West Tisbury town website but will get forwarded to the other Island towns based on the residency location you provide).  
What is Your 9 Year Climate Plan?
It is clear that we need to change habits, cut back on CO2 emissions and throw the brakes on the various processes pushing our climate into imbalance. It can be difficult to know where to begin with an issue that is so far reaching. Some changes involve financial investments and can seem unattainable. Multi year planning can bring things down to size and turn aspirations into realities. Please take a look at this list as a potential road map for what each of us can do between now and 2030. 
Make Your Yard a Haven for Native Plants
To promote ecologically valuable plants in need of wider distribution, BiodiversityWorks' Natural Neighbors initiative has partnered with Polly Hill Arboretum to offer native plant kits and develop a Community Supported Native Plant program (CSNP). The packs of 25 'MV-type' plant plugs contain five different species that are appropriate for much of the island and support pollinators and other wildlife. Each plant pack comes with instructions on planting and some Bobbex (a natural repellent with concentrated scents) to deter browsing mammals. The cost for each plant kit is $75. To pre-order your kit, visit this link 
Questions? Email program director, Angela Luckey,
Opportunity for Action: Rebates on Heat Pumps!
If you currently heat with oil, propane, or electric resistance, you could reduce your home’s carbon footprint and energy expenses by making the switch to cold-climate heat pumps for home heating and cooling. With significant rebates, Cape Light Compact, your local Mass Save sponsor can help you make the switch. Check out the following link to learn more:
Make Your Next Car Electric!
The vehicle we drive is responsible for much of our personal contribution to climate change. Changing this one aspect of our lives makes a huge difference. Electric vehicles now come in a wide range of designs, sizes and prices. As an added incentive there are amazing rebates to make the switch even easier. Check out these sites to learn more.
Normal Now
Drive Green
New Charging Stations for Edgartown
Edgartown is helping make EV ownership even easier by installing two dual Level-2 car chargers at the Park and Ride in the Triangle which will add four new charging spaces, available by the end of the year. The town received a grant from the Mass Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) to make this possible.  
Learn More About Regenerative Farming
September 14th, 5:30 pm and October 12th, 4:30 pm
Island Grown Initiative has been working hard to transition its Farm Hub fields using regenerative farming strategies. These techniques can also be applied in our own gardens. Sign up to learn more about this exciting work that helps mitigate climate change, lessens the challenges of growing food during droughts and aids local food security and community resilience!
MVC Artificial Turf Decision & Next Steps
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has completed their review of the MVRHS athletic fields project and submitted their decision to the Town of Oak Bluffs. Their decision concedes that the proposed project “would have a more adverse impact upon the environment” compared to the alternative (grass), but approves the controversial plastic field regardless. In an unprecedented act, the dissenting commissioners wrote a minority report to address weaknesses in the majority’s decision, but then reversed course and announced it would not be released. With many outstanding questions and concerns, we must turn our attention to the next step in the permitting process. If you have concerns about the project please submit letters to the Oak Bluffs Planning Board.
Eversource Repairs Cable
The Vineyard receives its electricity from 4 undersea cables, one of which failed earlier this summer. Although it is still unclear what caused the problem, Eversource has energized the fourth cable, and has it back in service, as of late August. Fifteen generators in three different locations used a little over 22,000 gallons of diesel fuel to provide temporary electricity generation while the cable was repaired. Diesel generators cause air pollution and are not an efficient use of fuel. This is a great reminder that the Vineyard has critical work to do to bolster its energy security. You can read more in these articles from the Vineyard Gazette and the MV Times
Thank you for being a part of our Vineyard initiative to take meaningful climate action.  Please do all you can in your life, our community, and beyond to make all the difference possible on this critical issue. 

And please share this newsletter with family and friends and encourage them to join the ICAN mailing list--the more of us we have working together for climate, the stronger we will be!
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